Blackout Girl the Film: Pre-Screening + Q&A

Blackout Girl the Film: Pre-Screening + Q&A



The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) is hosting a one-time screening of an excerpt from the upcoming documentary Blackout Girl the Film followed by a Q&A facilitated by NCVLI Executive Director Meg Garvin.

Copies of Jennifer's book Blackout Girl and opportunities for book signing will also be available at the event. Proceeds from this evening will benefit efforts to protect crime victims' rights through NCVLI. 

This is a community event open to all who are interested in the conversation of recovery and resilience. It is a great opportunity to continue the conversation of the link between trauma and addiction, and the role victims’ rights can play in surviving. 

Doors open at 6:00PM. Tickets are $10, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

About the Producer:

Jennifer Storm is an author, producer, and national victims' rights advocate.  Jennifer has appeared on The Today Show, ABC World News, E! News, and in countless newspapers and magazines including Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire, sharing her expertise on victimization. 


Blackout Girl
Blackout Girl
Sylvia Caminer
United States

This documentary tells the story of a 12-year old girl who is raped during an alcohol-induced blackout, beginning a ten-year journey into darkness. Jennifer Storm’s story teaches us important lessons about the role of trauma in addiction and illuminates a new pathway to recovery.

“Our secrets keep us sick.”

These words changed everything for Jennifer Storm. With her wrists still stinted and bandaged from a brutal and nearly fatal suicide attempt, Jennifer was just days into rehab when she heard those words. Jen realized that her silence fed her shame, and that her shame kept her bound to her addiction. And she wasn’t alone.

Up to 90% of women with addiction issues report a history of sexual abuse or severe violence. In spite of this, the prevalent treatment modalities in drug and alcohol addiction do not directly deal with trauma.

Based on her highly acclaimed autobiography, Blackout Girl is the story of Jennifer Storm’s descent into addiction and despair after being raped, and her subsequent triumph over darkness as she moved past her trauma to become the leading voice for victims in Pennsylvania and a national advocate for victims' rights.

Jennifer’s story demonstrates how rape, childhood abuse, and other traumatic experiences create a fertile ground for addiction and other self-destructive behaviors, and offers insight into what the recovery, mental health treatment, and legal communities need to do to help victims become survivors.

As the #MeToo movement has demonstrated, crime survivors are the most powerful voices in helping us understand the impact of trauma. We’ll hear from Jennifer about how she turned her trauma into triumph. By giving victims the microphone and listening, we can learn to be better allies.

Ultimately, Blackout Girl is a story of hope, meant to inspire the many victims of assault struggling with addiction. For more information about Blackout Girl the Film, please visit Jennifer Storm's website.

Special Admission